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Title: Chrome Restoration?
Post by: Blikkies1 on March 09, 2021, 09:22:23 am
I am planning a nut and bolt restoration of a 2002 Harley Sportster that stood in a Durban basement for almost three years, it will be a long-term project which I'll need to save bucks for, I will strip the bike and send all the chrome bits in to be redone but for now I want to get her semi presentable, 70% of the chrome has this green oxidation, how do I get rid of it and restore the shine or is it too far gone?
Title: Re: Chrome Restoration
Post by: Lars on March 09, 2021, 09:27:12 am
Try 000 steel wool with Q20. I had great results with it. You get it in woodworking shops.

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Title: Re: Chrome Restoration
Post by: LouisXander on March 09, 2021, 09:27:36 am
Leave the patina man!!
Title: Re: Chrome Restoration
Post by: Blikkies1 on March 09, 2021, 09:37:25 am
I am in two minds about that Louis, one side says to restore her to new condition, the other says to leave it as kind of a rat bike that has earned its wrinkles. Some chop has taken sandpaper to some of the chrome bits to try get rid of the 'patina' but left severe scratches behind.
She is mechanically 100% sound - just had a major service + new clutch and battery. Here she is in the flesh, looks nice from far...
Title: Re: Chrome Restoration?
Post by: LouisXander on March 09, 2021, 09:41:13 am
Ok ja nee, daai moet n blink stefaans wees!!
Title: Re: Chrome Restoration?
Post by: Mpandla on March 09, 2021, 09:43:11 am
I am using a chrome and metal polish on the Beetle's old bumpers (Got it from a parts store) Motul, Wynns etc make it
Takes some elbow grease but so far it seems to be working
Title: Re: Chrome Restoration?
Post by: Blikkies1 on March 09, 2021, 09:46:40 am
Thanks Mpandla, what are you applying it with, some sort of steelwool as mentioned above?
Title: Re: Chrome Restoration?
Post by: Mpandla on March 09, 2021, 09:47:46 am
1000, 1500 then 2000 grit sandpaper
Then a cloth
Its got surface rust so had to get that off first. Was worried that steelwool would scratch it
Title: Re: Chrome Restoration?
Post by: Lars on March 09, 2021, 09:48:14 am
The steel wool is so fine, it is more like a polish. You need to get the fine grade and not use your pot scorers. But looking at the Pic I would go the rat way at least for a while and join as many HOG breakfast runs as possible. Should be fun. That's what I had in mind with this one.

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Title: Re: Chrome Restoration?
Post by: Mpandla on March 09, 2021, 09:51:43 am
The steel wool is so fine, it is more like a polish. You need to get the fine grade and not use your pot scorers. But looking at the Pic I would go the rat way at least for a while and join as many HOG breakfast runs as possible. Should be fun.

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Thats why I used the fine sandpaper. Could not get any other steel wool but the normal kitchen pot scorer harsh ones
Title: Re: Chrome Restoration?
Post by: Lars on March 09, 2021, 09:53:52 am
I use this:(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20210309/bcc5b32256d829d40921295c31e9900b.jpg)

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Title: Re: Chrome Restoration?
Post by: Mpandla on March 09, 2021, 09:54:46 am
Yeah that can work well.
Where do they sell those?
Title: Re: Chrome Restoration?
Post by: Lars on March 09, 2021, 09:56:29 am
Bought it in a tool shop here in Cape Town. BPM Tool Craft in Plumstead.

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Title: Re: Chrome Restoration?
Post by: Mpandla on March 09, 2021, 09:58:34 am
Our town is a bit limited on fancy steel wool  :biggrin:

@Blikkies1 you can use the steel wool above, with a chrome polish as well.
Title: Re: Chrome Restoration?
Post by: Black_Hawk on March 09, 2021, 09:59:04 am
You can also try some tinfoil and coke. Roll the tinfoil in a little ball with the shiny side to the outside, dip it in the coke or wet the surface with some coke and run/sand the chrome part with the wet tinfoil
Title: Re: Chrome Restoration?
Post by: BuRP on March 09, 2021, 10:51:30 am
Re-chrome, there's nothing more blink than that!  :P
Title: Re: Chrome Restoration?
Post by: m0lt3n on March 09, 2021, 01:33:33 pm
Please do a restoration thread? Or add detail to this thread as you go?

I sold my 2007 sportster 1200, now starting to think it was a bad decision, I should have modded it like you are considering.
Title: Re: Chrome Restoration?
Post by: Blikkies1 on March 09, 2021, 02:05:40 pm
I tested Autosol with a fine wire brush over lunchtime,  works a treat! I thought the wheels were rough cast alloy but turns out they're chromed, this is going to keep me nice and busy.
Title: Re: Chrome Restoration?
Post by: Blikkies1 on March 09, 2021, 02:10:42 pm
There is a tonne of this type of work ahead, should I invest in a Dremel with polishing heads?
Title: Re: Chrome Restoration?
Post by: Blikkies1 on March 10, 2021, 10:10:52 am
How's that for a 'mirror finish'.
Title: Re: Chrome Restoration?
Post by: Black_Hawk on March 10, 2021, 10:12:30 am
Looking much better, job well done  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Chrome Restoration?
Post by: Blikkies1 on March 14, 2021, 02:58:56 pm
My hands are fucked, spent 16hrs on one side of a wheel this weekend, super chuffed with the outcome, that disc looks better in the flesh.
Title: Re: Chrome Restoration?
Post by: Wayne on March 14, 2021, 05:03:58 pm
Looks fantastic

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Title: Re: Chrome Restoration?
Post by: Sabre on March 14, 2021, 08:14:04 pm
My hands are fucked, spent 16hrs on one side of a wheel this weekend, super chuffed with the outcome, that disc looks better in the flesh.
What did you use to get it to this ? (Apart from your hands  ;) )
Title: Re: Chrome Restoration?
Post by: Blikkies1 on March 14, 2021, 08:27:37 pm
Will take some pics tomorrow, bought a few sanding bits for my drill to get the oxidation off then flatted down with wet 1500 grit sandpaper, I then polished it with burnishing compound followed by Autosol by hand, there are still a few inconsistencies I need to attend to.
Title: Re: Chrome Restoration?
Post by: BuRP on March 14, 2021, 09:04:01 pm
Blikkies,

you're doing an astonishing lot of elbow grease.... to get things shiny.
But all that sanding and other abrasive means will mean 1 thing: it'll rust the moment it will see rain, you realize that?
Rechrome I reckon....
Title: Re: Chrome Restoration?
Post by: Blikkies1 on March 14, 2021, 09:15:49 pm
Thanks Burp, I'll keep that in mind for sure, for the mirrors I used fine steelwool and Alusol, the rims are aluminium so should be okay?
Title: Re: Chrome Restoration?
Post by: Blikkies1 on March 16, 2021, 02:45:19 pm
No bikestand, no problem.
Title: Re: Chrome Restoration?
Post by: Black_Hawk on March 16, 2021, 02:52:07 pm
Boer maak 'n plan  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Chrome Restoration?
Post by: Blikkies1 on March 16, 2021, 06:12:01 pm
The joy of bachelor living.
Title: Re: Chrome Restoration?
Post by: BuRP on March 16, 2021, 06:38:17 pm
The joy of bachelor living.

What kind of blue movie's playing on your TV that has bikes in them?
Title: Re: Chrome Restoration?
Post by: IceCreamMan on March 16, 2021, 08:33:42 pm
I use this:(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20210309/bcc5b32256d829d40921295c31e9900b.jpg)

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Can you use that on a fuel tank?
Title: Re: Chrome Restoration?
Post by: Lars on March 16, 2021, 10:29:47 pm
I use this:(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20210309/bcc5b32256d829d40921295c31e9900b.jpg)

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Can you use that on a fuel tank?
Plastic or metal tank? It's basically a polishing wool, very fine.

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Title: Re: Chrome Restoration?
Post by: IceCreamMan on March 17, 2021, 08:20:35 am
I use this:(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20210309/bcc5b32256d829d40921295c31e9900b.jpg)

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Can you use that on a fuel tank?
Plastic or metal tank? It's basically a polishing wool, very fine.

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Metal.

I have ordered some on eBay. Intend using it all over my build. If possible.
Title: Re: Chrome Restoration?
Post by: IceCreamMan on March 17, 2021, 03:14:56 pm
So grace 0000 steel wool and autosol are my new best friends.

Wheels are pitted so will need to be re chromed. Is that expensive?
Title: Re: Chrome Restoration?
Post by: Blikkies1 on March 17, 2021, 03:16:27 pm
Are they chrome or polished aluminum?
Title: Re: Chrome Restoration?
Post by: IceCreamMan on March 17, 2021, 03:20:09 pm
Are they chrome or polished aluminum?

I think they are chromed. MT50 from back in the heyday of 50s
Title: Re: Chrome Restoration?
Post by: Blikkies1 on March 17, 2021, 03:24:26 pm
There are companies that do chrome touch-ups, no experience with it though so don't know how well it blends - some new spray stuff, if it's alu you can buff/sand the pitted sections out and then polish.
Title: Re: Chrome Restoration?
Post by: Blikkies1 on April 02, 2021, 12:28:43 pm
Making progress, slowly.
Title: Re: Chrome Restoration?
Post by: Gwilliams on April 02, 2021, 02:32:31 pm
Try tin foil works like a dream .  If you can also submerge in coke
Title: Re: Chrome Restoration?
Post by: Blikkies1 on April 08, 2021, 10:10:43 am
Think I'm becoming obsessed with this process, as soon as I see the slightest improvement with a new method, I start everything over.
Title: Re: Chrome Restoration?
Post by: v0lstruis on April 08, 2021, 10:48:43 am
Looks great !!!!
Title: Re: Chrome Restoration?
Post by: Black_Hawk on April 08, 2021, 11:16:38 am
Looking good  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Chrome Restoration?
Post by: MegaPix on April 08, 2021, 11:47:01 am
Good luck
Title: Re: Chrome Restoration?
Post by: Sabre on April 08, 2021, 07:34:57 pm
Think I'm becoming obsessed with this process, as soon as I see the slightest improvement with a new method, I start everything over.
And, pray tell, what is the latest method ?
Title: Re: Chrome Restoration?
Post by: MuttsNutts on April 08, 2021, 07:54:38 pm
Blikkies that looks amazing, where did you get Alusol? I looked online now and there doesnt seem to be anyone stocking it locally


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Title: Re: Chrome Restoration?
Post by: Blikkies1 on April 08, 2021, 08:29:57 pm
I'll be applying this method on the rest of the applicable bike bits - steel and uluminium but not chrome. Lightly buff surface with a sanding wheel in a drill to remove the corrosion and smooth out pitting, follow up with hand applied 1000 grit sandpaper and then 1200 grit in a single direction(not circles) to remove the sanding wheel marks, smooth out any residue with fine steelwool, this still leaves the surface dull, I wipe on Autosol and then shine it up with a cloth buffing wheel in a drill, the wheel is like 15 slices of denim stuck together and I got it at Builder's, Autosol from Midas. Lots of work but well worth the effort.
Title: Re: Chrome Restoration?
Post by: MuttsNutts on April 08, 2021, 08:45:21 pm
I'll be applying this method on the rest of the applicable bike bits - steel and uluminium but not chrome. Lightly buff surface with a sanding wheel in a drill to remove the corrosion and smooth out pitting, follow up with hand applied 1000 grit sandpaper and then 1200 grit in a single direction(not circles) to remove the sanding wheel marks, smooth out any residue with fine steelwool, this still leaves the surface dull, I wipe on Autosol and then shine it up with a cloth buffing wheel in a drill, the wheel is like 15 slices of denim stuck together and I got it at Builder's, Autosol from Midas. Lots of work but well worth the effort.
Legend thank you Sir


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Title: Re: Chrome Restoration?
Post by: BiG DoM on April 08, 2021, 08:57:17 pm
Autolsol + Elbow Grease  :thumleft: (you can also use a Scotchbrite pad gently with the Autosol on the more serious parts).

PS. MEGUIAR'S NXT ALL METAL POLISH is also amazing shite.